Destination: Atlanta, Updates from the Capital of the South

Atlanta is one of the hottest places to be and visit right now. 2013 was an exciting year for the city with the addition of the Sky View, development of the Beltline and ground breaking on many new projects that are finally coming to fruition. In this post we will be doing a roundup of some of the projects opening in 2014 that we are excited about.

The Streetcar is slated to begin service to the public in May. The first route is a loop that connects Downtown’s convention district and big attractions (such as the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium) eastward to the Sweet Auburn Area, Old Fourth Ward, and the King Historic District. This awesome new mode of transportation will empower visitors to explore while also enriching the lives of locals.

The College Football Hall of Fame, located in the heart of downtown was fully framed out as of January 16th and is projected to open August of this year. This state-of-the-art facility will be a great location for excursions and tours as well as events. We are excited to see all of the interactive and engaging exhibits filled with unique artifacts and information.

Historically Atlanta has a distinct place in the American Civil rights Movement, so the addition of the Center for Civil and Human Rights to the Atlanta landscape was a natural fit.  This downtown facility aims to “honor the past” and “shape the future” through innovative exhibits and programs. Slated to open in May, the Center will provide a new event space to the downtown line up while also being a great excursion location with many interactive elements.

Krog Street Market is a new Inman Park mixed-use development slated to open in July. Located in a converted 1920’s warehouse the market has already signed on an impressive list of restaurants and retailers. Their market-style setup of stalls helps small, local businesses establish a presence outside of farms market and festival setups so that consumers can support local every day. We’re especially looking forward to Top Chef alum Eli Kirshtein’s The Luminary and Chef Ford Fry’s “Mex-Tex”-inspired restaurant.

Ponce City Market is another exciting venture and a landmark project by being the largest adaptive reuse project in Atlanta’s history by transforming the historic Sears building into a fantastic mixed use community or retail, residential, and fabulous restaurants. We see this being a great destination for an outing to give visitors a feel for Atlanta’s vibe combining chopping, culture, and cuisine.

For the ultra high-end Atlanta visitor looking for fine dining and world-class shopping, Buckhead Atlanta is in development. While the developers have been someone hush-hush about who they’ve signed the Atlanta Business Chronicle lists some of the rumored restaurant and café spots in this article and the retailers that are confirmed can be seen here. Needless to say this development will be high-end and luxury-centered, providing a new arena for events and outings that we are excited about!

There are many more exciting projects and developments forthcoming in Atlanta including the new Falcon’s Stadium, the move of Turner Field and the development of its new locale into a mixed-use destination, as well as the announcement of Atlanta’s new Major League Soccer team! So much to look forward to for both residents and visitors of the capital of the south, Atlanta!

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